The True Definition of Air Traffic

There’s no doubt that watching a plane taking off from an airport can be an exciting scene. However, have you ever imagined what the air travel industry would have to cope with if the term “air traffic” referred to actual traffic jam in the sky?

Well, your guess is as good as ours: probably a lot of trouble. On the positive side though, it could be a surreal occurrence, that’s at least according to these gorgeous photos by Mike Kelley.

The LA-based architectural photographer switched on his creative juices and in the process gave us a look a what air traffic might actually be like. In his series “Airportraits,” Kelley captures impeccable shots of airplanes taking off all over the world.

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While it’s obvious that planes can’t fly next to each other, Kelley turns to his photography skills to produce single shots that depict planes as if they’re flying in flocks, just like birds. To achieve this, Kelley traveled around the world to shoot thousands of photos of airplanes taking off before layering them together to create these stunning composite images. Interestingly, each image represents his time in every particular location.

“Having been fascinated by aviation from a very young age, I one day decided to capture multiple takeoffs while out at LAX and put them together into a single photo to show not just their flight paths, but also the sheer volume of traffic departing LAX,” Kelley explained.

“And because the response was overwhelmingly positive, I decided to take it further around the world,” he added.

He basically made the right choice because these images are cool and quite impressive. Find more of the images on Kelley’s site.

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